Welcome to the WoES PTA Website! 
The goal of this site is to provide the parents and caregivers of the children attending Worthington Elementary School, up to date information on events and activities associated with the PTA and our school.


Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!



YOUNG AUTHORS' CONTEST: The Howard County Reading Council proudly sponsors the 2017/2018 Young Authors' Contest. Students in grades 2-5 are invited to submit an original poem and/or short story for the contest. Entries are due December 1. Submission guidelines and required cover sheet are posted on our Canvas Team Pages. Please contact our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Hasseltine, with any questions at virginia_hasseltine@hcpss.org. 
COGAT TESTING: Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5.  The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential. Testing for 3rd and 5th grade will be December 5-7th.
SPELLING BEE: 
WoES is participating in the Howard County Library’s sponsored “2017 BumbleBee”, a grade level spelling bee for students in grades 1-3. Participation is optional. The dates of the spelling bee will be: 
1/8/18 – Grade 1 (snow date 1/16/18) 
1/9/18 – Grade 2 (snow date 1/17/18) 
1/11/18 – Grade 3 (snow date 1/18/18) 


The event will be held at WoES from 6:30-8:00pm. To register, you can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/ky5dt961QKYIAL9m1 or complete & return the paper form that came home in your child’s folder (1-3rd grades only). Registration is due 12/10/17. If you have any questions about this event, please email Becky at bumblebee@worthingtonpta.com.



















































SECRET SHOPPER: Children will have the opportunity to shop with a helper so they can surprise their family with gifts they buy for them. December 2nd, 10AM-1PM
SCHOOL NEWS
LOST & FOUND: Are you missing a jacket or sweatshirt? There is a very good chance your child's missing clothing is in our Lost & Found. It’s that time of the year when our “Lost and Found” bin is overflowing with items. When you are at school for your conference, please take a look at the table in the main hallway. You might find your child’s coat, sweater, lunch box or something else!!!! The table will be up until Monday, November 27th at the end of the day. The remainder of the items will be donated to a Howard County organization.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Worthington Elementary is a participant in the Box Tops for Education program, www.boxtops4education.comPlease visit the website for information on the 100’s of eligible products. We will have multiple collection dates throughout the school year.  Please be on the lookout and send in the Box Tops with your child.  Your PTA Box Top Coordinator, Erika Holderness, will package them up and send them along to earn money for WOES. This year’s goal is $1,000.  Please help us attain this goal!

PARENT VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES: Parents who wish to volunteer must complete a brief training course online and submit a certificate of completion to the school.  Please remember that all who desire to volunteer, including field trip chaperones, must complete the training.  Visit the following link to complete the training and receive your certificate. http://www.hcpss.org/parents/volunteer-information/

YEARBOOK: We don’t want to miss a thing and your pictures help! If you have taken a great school-related shot, please email it to woesyearbookpix@gmail.com. Please be mindful that there are students who are on the do not photograph list. Yearbook sales will start in December and run until April. They will be delivered in June. More information to come. Please contact Laura Diaz at thumbsupfamily@gmail.com with any questions. Happy Snapping!

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COMMUNITY & HCPSS NEWS

HCPSS Student & Parent Handbook: All families should have recieved one paper copy of the 2017-2018 HCPSS Student and Parent Handbook which is also available at the following link: http://www.hcpss.org/about-us/handbook/

FAMILY FILE - EMERGENCY FORM IN HCPSS CONNECT

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR FAMILY FILE!


WEATHER GUIDELINESExercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities. The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

Temperature and Windchill
Age of students
Length of time outdoors
Adequacy of the children’s clothing
Condition of the playground
Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

HCPSS APPROVES 2017/2018 CALENDAR CHANGE: The Howard County Board of Education has approved a change to the 2017–2018 school calendar, making the last three days of school for students—June 12–14, 2018—three-hour early dismissal days for all levels, including elementary, middle and high schools. The updated calendar provides additional time for teachers and administrators to fulfill their fourth quarter grading and reporting responsibilities.


LOCAL BUSINESSES:

Do you own or work for a local business?  The Worthington Elementary School PTA would like to work with you to promote your business while assisting us with the many fun events we host throughout the year.  We are also looking for a business partnership with a printing/copying company.  Please contact worthingtonptapresident@gmail.com for more details.  

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WORTHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4570 Roundhill Road    Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 313-2825     Fax: (410) 313-2829

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